Lives of the fellows

Kenneth Ross Norton

b.30 January 1928 d.16 January 2009
MB BS Lond(1951) DObst(1952) DCH(1956) MRCP(1958) FRCP(1975) FRCPCH

Kenneth Ross Norton was a consultant paediatrician to the Barnet and Edgware General hospitals. He was born in Larkhill, the son of Hugh Ross Norton, who was a Clerk in Holy Orders. The Nortons were a medical family; his grandfather George was at the Middlesex Hospital and researched the development of chloroform anaesthesia, while his great grandfather Edward and great great grandfather Matthew were both doctors who practised in the Baker Street area. He was educated at Denstone College School in Staffordshire before studying medicine at London University and St Thomas’ Hospital.

Qualifying in 1951 he held a junior appointment at St Thomas’ before moving to the Chester City Hospital and the Evelina Children’s Hospital the following year. In 1955 he became paediatric registrar at Barnet General Hospital after two year’s National Service with the RAMC. For 10 years he worked in general practice before being appointed consultant paediatrician to the Barnet and Edgware General hospitals in 1967.

He wrote an important paper ‘Hyperbilirubinaemia in prematurity’ (Lancet, 1958, 272, 1138-1140) jointly with George Henry Newns [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VIII, p.359]. A fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, he was also a member of the British Paediatric Association.

He enjoyed singing with a choir and was an enthusiastic rugby referee.

His wife, Daphne Joyce, was the daughter of Harold Harris Richardson, a copper smith. They married in 1957 and had two sons, Philip and Michael, and two daughters, Janet and Mary. There were nine grandchildren; Harriet, Philippa, Georgina, Charlotte, Kathryn, Hannah, William, Lizzie and Thomas.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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